Founded in 1864, Gratien Meyer is an institution in Saumur with the cellar carved out of ancient tuffeau stone on the riverbank overlooking the Loire River. Alfred Gratien went on shortly after to forge great success with Champagne making also. This leading Loire sparkling producer employs quality production from vineyard to bottle. 100% hand-picked fruit from vineyards in Saumur, only first pressing used.
The Crémant de Loire Appellation is among the most demanding as far as quality control goes for sparkling wine appellations in France. Method Traditionelle secondary fermentation in bottle followed by 36 months on lees (appellation only requires 12 months), stored in the extensive underground ‘caves’ at cellar. This fine Crémant de Loire (comprises 50% Chenin blanc, 40% Chardonnay; 10% Cabernet Franc which adds weight and body).
Brimming with aromas and flavours of green apples, citrus and quince – typical of Chenin Blanc – complimented with a touch of toasty complexity. The palate shows persistence of flavour and lovely lip-smacking acidity in this classy French bubbly. It’s a winner for quality.
Try with Thai noodle chicken salad, canapés or vegan ‘egg’ tortilla with ‘faken’ pieces. Oh yes give it a go with Croquetas de Jamon, smoked salmon omelette with pear salad, smoked salmon blinis, salt & vinegar kettle crisps or scallops with saffron